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New Orleans Mission Trip

EPM representatives Elliott Powell and Brandon Word accompanied and provided leadership alongside Lakeridge  Methodist on a successful mission trip to New Orleans over a 8 day period in March.

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We came under the leadership of Trinity Christian Community for a week of ministering to people in an area hit particularly hard by 2004’s Hurricane Katrina.

One particularly touching moment came when accompanying a local pastor through a tour of the neighborhood.

A woman whose life was transformed by his ministry in earlier years stopped to embrace him.

What an image of Christ’s love for us:  Coming into the neighborhoods of our lives and (occasionally) being met with a tearful “thank-you.”

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“Songs of Ascent” CD Release House Concert, 2/28

2/28 – Elliott Powell Ministries- “Songs of Ascent” CD Release House Concert Event.

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 Venue: Uncle Bill’s Music Barn: 15002 Louisville, Lubbock, TX 79423 – at the back of the house in a specially built concert setting. 

Showtime: 2/28, 8:30 PM.

 

Cost of Tickets: $10 suggested donation to EPM.

Telephone: (703) 727-3569 for more info

 

Band Members:   

 

Elliott Powell- vocals, guitar, synth

 

Brandon Word- guitar, vocals

 

Chris Hudgins- bass, vocals

 

Allie Leigh:  keys, vocals

 

Boone Wheeler: lead guitar

 

Spencer Hardin:  drums

 

 

Interview with Jeremy McCormick

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How did you come to be a part of “Songs of Ascent”?
I’ve been good friends with Markus (the producer) for a while. We toured together for about 2 years. Ever since then we have been real good friends, so when he asked me to be a part of this project I was all about it.

Anything unique about the tones you used for this record?
Well, I used one of my favorite kits I own which is a 61’ rogers. I love it so much. Used a few different snares and muted some drums with some bandanas.

What role does your faith play in your creative line of work?
The best way I can describe it is from the film Chariots of Fire, “When I run, I feel his pleasure.” I guess in this case it is when I play.

How long does it take you to load your drums in your car?
I honestly have gotten better at it over time. When I had a truck I could do it in 15 min, but when I first got my Subaru (Tiger Lilly) it took about 20 minutes, but now I can pretty much do it the same time when I had my truck.

What’s your favorite track on Songs of Ascent?
“You Gave”- the feel of it is just awesome.

Where can we hear more of your music?
I actually have a site that you can keep up with what I have been doing at SpotMcCormick.com. There is a playlist you can check out there.

Interview with Tim Gugudan

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What instruments did you play on Song of Ascents?
I played electric guitar, banjo, and did some BGV’s.

Anything unique about the tones you created for this record?
The banjo I used was my great grandfathers and is over 100 years old.It has a much warmer tone than newer banjos.

You all recorded at the famed East Manor Studio in Nashville.  What was that experience like?
It was great. It was my first time there and I loved the rooms; they felt homey, classic, and very chill.

What’s your favorite track on Songs of Ascent?
The songs are all great and I thoroughly enjoyed working on all of them but I would probably pick Brighter because I always love songs that groove.

Is it true that men with big beards have more fun?
Hahaha, I think we get some unspoken respect for it.

What’s next for you, musically?
I plan to keep on working with artists that want to make music and who knows?  Maybe I’ll be putting some of my music out there soon.

How can we hear more of your music?
Check out the Artists Brad and Rebekah; I work with them quite a lot.

Interview with Markus Huber

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What was your role on Songs of Ascent?
I was the producer and the bass player for the record. I also arranged the songs with Elliott during the songwriting process. And the most important role: I was the resident barista for the entire band during the pre-production process.

What is the producer’s role when it comes to making a recording?
For me, the producer is someone who bridges the gap between the ideas and the vision of the artist to a more tangible element. Understanding where the artist is in his/her art and translating that into musical ideas and concepts. Then there’s more of the technical aspect which includes choosing the band members, recording studio & who to mix/master.

Tell us about your process in shaping and completing Songs of Ascent.
It starts with the songs and the emotion behind the lyric and the delivery of the melody. A song can go on so many different direction as far as production and arrangement is concerned; but being sensitive to what the song is conveying is the most important element of shaping the songs. I think that helped Elliott and me make creative decisions along the way. Once the song, arrangement and the message is clear, then I pretty much gave it to the guys. Trusting them to create parts is important. But my responsibility was to share the vision and the message to them. 

What was the vision for this record?
I think the vision is always to create, and let the message of the songs transfer to the sound that will be heard by the listeners.

Was there any particular emotion you were trying to evoke?
I think this will vary from time to time. That’s one of the things I like about making music. You can’t put a song in a box. These three songs can mean differently to people who are in different stages in life. But I can speak for myself. For me, it’s the emotion of being in awe.

In your opinion, what is the stand-out track on Songs of Ascent?
In my opinion, the stand out track is “Brighter”.

What part does your faith play in your creative line of work?
It is a part of all aspects of my creative work. It reminds me that it is always more than just what we hear in the music but the purpose of it and the relationships we cultivate in the process of making music.

What’s next for you, musically?
I’ll be working on an app that will be geared towards solo artists and bands in live performance settings. I’m also composing soundtracks on a few new projects and hitting the road with Johnnyswim sometime in the Spring.  You can hear more of my music at www.soundcloud.com/markushuber.

Release Date for “Songs of Ascent” and Preview Video

Elliott’s new EP, “Songs of Ascent” drops on February 11, 2014 at all major online retailers.  Signed, physical copies of the disc are available on epmusicministries.com

Here is a preview video of some of the music on this new release.

Songs of Ascent Preview Video

Dan MacIntosh Review

When Elliott Powell sings about being caught in the “thorn and thicket” in the song “Thorn and Thicket,” he’s using a metaphor – I believe — to describe how the things he thinks can sometimes trap him. He begins by singing, “Can’t you see the thought has taken a hold of me?” He sings these words over a lush, but gentle and mainly acoustic pop arrangement. Thickets are very dense stands of trees or tall shrubs, which can trap a traveler physically, if he or she’s not careful. There is also the mental variety.

 

The song, in part, appears to be inspired by the Bible story of Abraham and Isaac. When Powell sings, “The ram was there/Caught in the thorn and thicket,” it brings to mind the way God provided an animal sacrifice, which meant Abraham would not need to sacrifice his own son after all. Then when he adds, “Talk about testing limits,” this may well refer to how God tested Abraham’s faith by asking him to prepare his son as a sacrifice, just to see how loyal he was to his Maker. It ended up revealing how much he trusted God as well.

 

Although you may not guess this from the song’s lyrics, this composition was inspired by the artist’s near-fatal automobile accident, as well as his “miraculous” deliverance. Powell is a Christian artist, but he’s not the sort of songwriter that tries to pound a whole lot of theology down your throat. Instead, he makes music that is poetic, yet still inspiring.

 

Powell is a solo artist now, but he was a founding member of the alternative rock group Joy the Bug, which existed from the late 90s to the early 2000s. The act was even signed to Universal Records. These days, he performs in secular venues, as well as leads worship at church.

 

For such a serious lyrical work, this is really a pretty track. It’s the sort of complicated song that showcases what a fine singer and songwriter Powell is. He may well be someone truly special, so don’t forget his name.

 

Artist: Elliott Powell

Single: Thorn and Thicket

Review By: Dan MacIntosh

Rating: 4 Stars (out of 5)

 

 

Dan MacIntosh has been a professional music journalist for 30 years and his work has regularly appeared in many local and national publications, including CCM, CMJ, Paste, Mean Street, Chord, HM, Christian Retailing, Amplifier, Inspirational Giftware, Stereo Subversion, Indie-Music, Soul–Audio, Country Standard Time and Spin.com.

Featured in CMB

I recently had the pleasure of being interviewed by Nate Fancher of  Christian Music Blog.

We talked faith, songwriting and my unusual conversation with Bono.  Hope you enjoy it!

 

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West Texas Folk Festival

We are looking forward to the West Texas Folk Festival this coming Friday.

Elliott and Brandon Word are set to kick off the event on Friday at 6 – 7 PM.

Tickets are $10!   Come hear and see some of the new tracks from Elliott’s upcoming album.